Grad Students

Summer Lopez Colorado

Contact Information

Office  Haines 209

Summer Lopez Colorado is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Their current graduate research explores the neoliberal legal construction of criminality as it is experienced by sex workers in the United States across intersections of race, disability, and gender. Lopez Colorado’s research interests lie in the socio-legal construction and interpretation of race and disability, sex worker rights, and educational stratification. She is a Ronald E. McNair scholar and is committed to becoming a professor and supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds to attain higher education. Outside of academia, she serves as the National Vice President of Philanthropy of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. where she organizes for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention and awards scholarships to young women and non-binary adolescents in underserved communities.

Fields of Study

Racial stratification; crime, law and deviance; disability in society; neighborhoods; educational inequality; quantitative and interview-based mixed methods

Grants and Awards

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ~ 2018-2021

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program (UCLA) ~ 2019

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (UCLA)

Graduate Dean's Scholar Award (UCLA)

Ronald E. McNair Scholar (Cornell University) 

Conference Presentations

"Tracing the Contours of Sexual Legal Violence: Criminal Justice Intervention, Durable Disadvantage, and Within-Group Stratification in the NYC Sex Trade" Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 2020, (Accepted for regular paper session, but cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic). 

“Biracial Black Identity, Educational Attainment, and the Legacy of the One-Drop Rule” Population Association of America Annual Meeting in Denver, CO April 2018. (Poster Session)

“A Reforming Color Line: Measures of Multiracial Populations and Educational Inequality” American Sociological Association Annual Conference in Montreal, QC August 2017. (Roundtable Session)


Vilma Ortiz; Cecilia Menjívar


B.A. Sociology, cum laude, Cornell University (2018)

M.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles (2020)